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November 1, 2020(2 events)

1:00 pm: Crocodile & Hen

November 1, 2020

First Sundays with RAM and Inlandia@home
Sunday, November 1 • 2 PM
RSVP required: 

Crocodile and Hen (Democratic Republic of Congo)

Crocodile wants to eat that juicy little hen, but hen and others finally convince him that they are truly brother and sister.

As we shelter at home, join Inlandia as we take you to distant lands without ever leaving your living room. Master puppeteer Nicole Cloeren joins beloved storyteller Karen Rae Kraut for a powerful mix of interactive storytelling and puppetry. Karen’s stories and Nicole’s puppets will open your eyes to new ways of interpreting the world and open your hearts to a powerful form of play. In this series, we will travel to India, France, Mexico, Democratic Republic of Congo, Japan, and Kasakhstan through these universal stories of friendship and understanding.


Nicole Cloeren is the founder of Puppets a la Carte, where she uses puppets and techniques of improvisation to create a space of surprise and wonder in which we can all learn from one another. She is a resident artist at Riverside Film Studios, has performed with puppets at numerous indoor, outdoor, and online events around southern California, and loves partnering with other artists.

Karen Rae Kraut has been blending story, song and creative movement in schools, libraries, museums and theatres from California to East Tennessee since 1990.  She has toured for the Smithsonian, and was commissioned by the McCallum Theatre to create a storyteller’s version of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute.”  Karen’s CD, “Cooler Water Cora and Other Stories,” is the winner of an iParenting Media Award for Audio Excellence and a National Parenting Publications Honors Award.  She has performed for Riverside’s First Sundays program since its inception in 1997.

4:00 pm: One Community, Many Voices: 'There Should Be Flowers' by Joshua Jennifer Espinoza Discussions

November 1, 2020

Sundays, November 1, 8, 15 • 4 PM

Free • Reservations required • Go to

Discussion leaders:
November 1: Lucas Lopez
November 8: Kini Sosa
November 15: Serena Trujillo

How to participate in our Community Read:

Get a FREE copy of There Should be Flowers by Joshua Jennifer Espinoza. Reserve a copy at one of our participating public libraries  (no library card required) and schedule a pickup. See below for locations and phone numbers.

Read the book and attend one of our Zoom public discussions of There Should be Flowers—Sundays: November 1, 8, 15 • 4–5 PM

About the Author:

Joshua Jennifer Espinoza is a trans woman poet living in California. Her work has been published in The American Poetry Review, Denver Quarterly, and West Branch, among others. She is the author of I’m Alive / It Hurts / I Love It (Big Lucks 2019), and THERE SHOULD BE FLOWERS (CCM 2016).


It’s not too late to join in and read the book!


How it works:

• Call a participating library to make an appointment to pick up your free book.
• At your appointed time, drive to the participating library.
• Pick up at a designated pick up area (varies by branch).
• Face coverings required at all branches.
• No library card required to pick up your free book.

Riverside Public Libraries (Curbside Pickup)

Arlanza Library • 951-826-2217 • 8267 Philbin Ave • Riverside, CA 92503

Arlington Library • 951-826-2291 • 9556 Magnolia Ave • Riverside, CA 92503

SSgt. Salvador J. Lara Casa Blanca Library • 951-826-2120 • 2985 Madison St • Riverside, CA 92504

SPC. Jesus S. Duran Eastside Library • 951-826-2235 • 4033 Chicago Ave #C • Riverside, CA 92507

La Sierra Library • 951-826-2461 • 4600 La Sierra Ave • Riverside, CA 92505

Marcy Library • 951-826-2078 • 6927 Magnolia Ave • Riverside, CA 92506

Orange Terrace Library • 951-826-2184• 20010 Orange Terrace Pkwy • Riverside, CA 92508

Riverside County Libraries (Curbside Pickup)

La Quinta Library • 760-564-4767 • 78275 Calle Tampico • La Quinta, CA 92253

Palm Desert Library • 760-346-6552 • 73-300 Fred Waring Dr, Palm Desert, CA 92260

Sun City Library • 951-679-3534 • 26982 Cherry Hills Blvd • Sun City, CA 92586

Louis Robidoux • 951-682-5485 • 5840 Mission Blvd • Jurupa Valley, CA 92509

San Bernardino County Libraries (Counter Pick Up Inside)

Apple Valley Branch Library • 760-2 47-2022 • 14901 Dale Evans Pkwy • Apple Valley, CA 92307

Chino Hills Branch Library • 909-590-5380 • 14020 City Center Dr • Chino Hills, CA 91709

Fontana Lewis Library & Learning Center • 909-574-4500 • 8437 Sierra Ave • Fontana, CA 92335-3892

Hesperia Branch Library • 760-244-4898 • 9650 7th Ave • Hesperia, CA 92345

Highland Branch Library • 909-425-4700 • 7863 Central Ave • Highland, CA 92346-4107

This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a partner of the NEF. Visit

November 2, 2020
November 3, 2020(1 event)


November 3, 2020

Virtual Fall Workshops on Zoom

Registration required. 

Check back for Winter dates and availability.

Our Riverside Janet Goeske Senior Center workshop is on going for participants 50+. They meet every Tuesday from 1:00pm to 2:30pm. Zoom links will be sent by your workshop leader after registration confirmation.

In partnership with The Riverside Janet Goeske Senior Center.

November 4, 2020(3 events)


November 4, 2020

Virtual Winter Workshops on Zoom

Registration required. 

Our Redlands workshop is ongoing for participants 50+. They meet every Thursday from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Zoom links will be sent by the workshop leader after registration confirmation.

In partnership with the Joslyn Senior Center and the City of Redlands.


November 4, 2020

Virtual Fall Workshops on Zoom

Registration required. 

Check back for Winter dates and availability.

The Ontario workshop meets every other Wednesday starting at 6:30pm. Zoom links will be sent by the workshop leader after registration confirmation.

In partnership with the Ontario Public Library.

7:00 pm: Adventures in Chronologyland

November 4, 2020

A new virtual writing workshop with Dr. Carlos Cortés
Wednesdays • Every 2 weeks starting September 9 • 7 pm
To register email

Inlandia Institute presents Adventures in Chronologyland, an exciting new series of virtual writing workshops in conjunction with the Riverside Public Library’s new Humanities Hour series, a partnership between Riverside Public Library, Riverside Art Museum, Mission Inn Museum, and Inlandia Institute, sponsored by California Humanities.

This workshop will address the challenges and opportunities of drawing on chronology while writing prose and poetry.  Topics will include integrating documents and memory, crafting chronologically parallel stories, connecting your life with major historical events, using flashbacks and flashforwards, dealing with changing and conflicting personal perspectives on the past, and addressing the complications of nostalgia.

Six sessions: September 9, 23, October 7, 21, and November 4, 7 pm on Zoom.

For more information or to register, email

Dr. Carlos Cortés is the author of Rose Hill: An Intermarriage before Its Time (memoir; a Heyday) and Fourth Quarter: Reflections of a Cranky Old Man (poetry; Bad Knee Books). He is Professor Emeritus of History from the University of California, Riverside.

November 5, 2020(1 event)

7:00 pm: 2019 Writing from Inlandia Anthology Book Launch!

November 5, 2020

Reading • Book Launch

Free • Registration Required • Go to

Thursday, November 5 • 7 PM

Join Inlandia@Home for a virtual Arts Walk presentation featuring contributors to the latest Inlandia creative writing workshops anthology, 2019 Writing from Inlandia. Learn more about Inlandia’s writing workshop opportunities and listen to readings from featured contributors.

This activity was supported in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency. Learn more at

November 6, 2020
November 7, 2020(3 events)


November 7, 2020

Virtual Fall Workshops on Zoom

Registration required. 

Check back for Winter dates and availability.

The Corona workshop meets every other Saturday starting at 11:00am. Zoom links will be sent by the workshop leader after registration confirmation.

In partnership with the Corona Public Library.

3:30 pm: Reading from Slow Unraveling of Living Ghosts: by Johnny Bender and Cati Porter

November 7, 2020

November 7, 2020 3:30 pm | Free | Registration Required
Inlandia Institute Board President Johnny Bender and Executive Director Cati Porter to read from their pandemic-inspired collaborative chapbook, Slow Unravelling of Living Ghosts, as the closing event for the Moreno Valley Writers Expo. Purchase a signed copy of this limited edition chapbook for $10 here, while supplies last.
Free and open to the public but RSVP required:
Also featuring readings by Larry Burns, S. Kay Murphy, Anna Christian, and more! Complete author lineup with registration links for each session are available on Moreno Valley Public Library's Facebook page here:
Poet and doghouse-bass player Johnny Bender follows the Beat tradition in attitude but also enjoys fiddling with form. He lives with his longtime wife, Rene, near the Box Springs Mountains in beautiful Moreno Valley. A short workshop he took with Allen Ginsberg at Naropa Institute in summer 1982 inspired Bender to start the poetry performance troupe “Poets in Distress” that same year.
Cati Porter is a poet, editor, essayist, arts administrator, wife, mother, daughter, friend. She is the author of nine books and chapbooks, most recently The Body at a Loss and Slow Unraveling with Living Ghosts, a collaborative chapbook with Johnny Bender and illustrated by Steve "Lu" Lossing. Her poems, and essays have been published in a variety of venues both in print and online. She now lives in Riverside where she has been sheltering in place since March 19, 2020.


November 7, 2020

Virtual Fall Workshops on Zoom

Registration required. 

Check back for Winter dates and availability.

The San Bernardino workshop meets every other Tuesday starting at 6:00pm. Zoom links will be sent by the workshop leader after registration confirmation.

In partnership with the San Bernardino Public Library.